Soon You Will Be Able To Take Selfies In World Of Warcraft

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Maybe you love them. Maybe you loathe them. Maybe you're taking one right now. Selfies are everywhere, because we are painfully vain creatures. And now, finally—after you begged, pleaded, groveled, and probably didn't ask for it at all—they're coming to World of Warcraft.


People have begun discovering an item called the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera on WoW's public test realms for patch 6.1. You get it from a rare level 100 garrison mission called Field Photography, which simply involves tossing followers out in the cold for four hours, no special traits required. So basically, it's cake.

Here's how it works, according to WoW Insider:

"The interface for the camera is really easy to use—simply click the item to use it, and your camera will automatically turn around to face you. You can swivel the angle to whatever you feel is most pleasing, and press 1 to snap a photo. No need to alt-z the frame out of the picture first, the camera automatically does it for you, snapping the screenshot and putting it in your screenshots folder. As the camera faces your character, they'll make a host of suitably emotive faces, so you don't have to worry about smiling for the camera."

And yes, one of those is duckface.

There's also a bonus mission you can find that will reward you with an upgrade kit for the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera MkII. It's got filters!

It's all rather silly, of course, but that's modern-day Warcraft for you. You don't get the melodramatic swords and sorcery (and CGI) without a mashed potato volcano explosion of pop culture absurdity. I think it's fun, though—for the most part. I am worried that they're gonna integrate this with WoW's upcoming Twitter functionality, which is also set to debut in patch 6.1. I'm sure your orcs, gnomes, and cow people are beautiful, but I don't want my Twitter feed to be overrun by a hundred-thousand fantasy cartoon person selfies. Sorry. I don't want to grump all over anyone's parade, but... yeah, that's probably what I'm gonna end up doing.

Image courtesy of Ubergizmo.



Just curious, if anyone in this audience is still playing WoW, if you can give me a critical rundown of the issues it has. I'm considering signing back up, but it's been so long I don't know what it's like and I'd like to spare myself the $15 or whatever to check it out if it's still like what it was like. FYI, I left just after Cataclysm came out. In particular:

  1. Have the quests gotten any better? Most of the quests were just mindless fetch quests when I last played.
  2. Is there a clear story now, and if so, do the quests tie directly to it?
  3. How are Paladins?
  4. How are Hunters?
  5. How are Priests?
  6. How are Mages?
  7. Is the 'end game' content fun or just like Destiny (basically just an endless grind of recycled content)?
  8. Anything else that you think an ex-player should know about?